Graduate Minneapolis

615 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 Map · Phone number
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About Graduate Minneapolis

Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Graduate Minneapolis is a professional hotel where intellectual curiosity meets a favorite place to stay. This sought-after venue has been part of the wedding industry since 2013. The industrial venue specializes in unique weddings, making them memorable for each couple and all guests.

Facilities and Capacity
The venue’s lush lake house landscape is complemented by dottings of forest green, woodland toile, and details of plum paisley and Corvette red to bring guests’ home. The lobby is usually a lounge-central for students to compete in serious air hockey tournaments or eat from the roving food carts serving local flavor. Whether guests are mingling amid the cozy communal tables or by the dramatic fireplace, the venue and its woodsy backdrop offer a unique atmosphere perfect for a joyous occasion. From the Graduate’s grand Meridian Ballroom to the intimate and elegant Pinnacle Ballroom, the hotel has the perfect spaces for couples to host their wedding. The Meridian Ballroom, their most spacious event location, is ideal for bigger celebrations, accommodating up to 350 guests. The grand and elegant room is located in the east wing of the mezzanine level, offering a large pre-function area to greet guests, along with access to a private outdoor terrace. Ideal for smaller gatherings, the Pinnacle Ballroom, located in the west wing of the mezzanine level and also offering pre-function space, can host up to 150 guests and can continue the fun outside on the outdoor terrace. The hotel also boasts the Pathways Room, ideal for meeting or pre-function gatherings, the Focus Room, several breakout rooms, and the Primp Room, featuring an elegant lounge area complete with a luxe sitting space and grand mirrors to get ready in.

Services Offered
Whether couples are celebrating their special day as an intimate ceremony or an over-the-top bash, the Graduate Minneapolis is guaranteed to make the occasion unforgettable. From setup and cleanup to event planning, the Graduate offers numerous services so couples can enjoy their special day. Couples also receive in-house catering, lighting and sound, and event rentals, including decorations, furniture, linens, and china. Other accommodations provided include:

  • Bridal suite
  • Liability insurance
  • Wireless Internet
  • Outside vendors
  • Pet-friendly attitude
  • Chairs, tables, and dancefloor
  • Barware, flatware, and glassware
  • Parking with optional valet, wheelchair access, and a shuttle

Cuisine
The Graduate’s creative culinary team will work with couples to concept custom menus and recipes that perfectly reflect each soon-to-be-wed couple. They offer full-service banquets and their signature food carts, providing a delicious touch. From Middle Eastern to Caribbean cuisine, the team offers a wide range of regional food in different presentations, including buffets, stations, family-style, hors d'oeuvres, and plated meals. The venue can also accommodate dietary needs with vegetarian/vegan options and lactose, nut, and gluten-free meals. Their other catering abilities include:

  • Cocktail receptions
  • French service
  • Dessert
  • Outside cake
  • Servers
  • Tastings
  • Organic or pork-free cuisine

Location
Nestled in the heart of the University of Minnesota campus between Coffman Memorial Union and a stone's throw from the Gopher’s stadium, Graduate Minneapolis is just a short walk from local businesses, the Mississippi River, and beautiful parks. The gorgeous venue is only two miles from the magic of downtown Minneapolis and 12 miles from the Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport, making all occasions easily accessible and close to plenty of entertainment and activity options.

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31 Reviews for Graduate Minneapolis

Recommended by 99% of couples


5.0 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 4.9
  • Average response time 4.9

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    Monica · Married on 08/03/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    We were so happy with The Graduate Hotel for our engagement party! Everyone there listened to us, were quick to reply and very accommodating/helpful. Especially Michael, he was really great! The location of the ballroom was nice as well, many of our guests had the option to be inside or outside on their patio which worked out well for a Minnesota summer!

    Sent on 06/22/2018

    Graduate Minneapolis's reply:

    Thanks for the great review Monica! It was a pleasure helping you and Div celebrate your engagement and wishing you both all the best with your wedding next year.
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    Claire · Married on 07/27/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
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    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Beautiful Venue - Amazing Food

    Our event was amazing! Great food, beautiful venue, and excellent staff. We had a lot of guests from out of town and the classy, Minnesota-themed hotel was the perfect place to host them. We also had our rehearsal dinner in the Top Golf Suite, and it was a casual, fun balance to an elegant reception dinner the next day.

    Sent on 08/07/2019

    Graduate Minneapolis's reply:

    Thank you for the review, Claire! We're so happy we were able to be a part of your special day! Wishing you and Andrew all the best!

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner

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Graduate Minneapolis FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    No
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 500
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 500
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Bridal Suite
    Chairs
    China
    Clean Up
    Event Planning
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
    Set Up
    Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Cake Cutting
    Server(s)
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service?
    $ 12
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Bartender(s)
    House Beer
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Open Bar
    Specialty Beer
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
    350
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
    10
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    10
  • Describe your venue:
    Ballroom
    Banquet Hall
    Hotel
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Elopements
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Accommodations
    All Inclusive Packages
    Bar Services
    Catering Services
    Clean Up
    Event Planner
    Event Rentals
    Get Ready Rooms
    Liability Insurance
    Lighting / Sound
    Outside Vendors
    Pet Friendly
    Set Up
    Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Buffet
    Cocktail Reception
    Dessert
    Family Style
    French Service
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Outside Cake
    Plated
    Server(s)
    Stations
    Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Bartender(s)
    Cash Bar
    Champagne Toast
    House Beer
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Limited Bar
    Liquor License
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
    Specialty Beer
    Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available?
    Chairs
    Dance Floor
    Decor
    Furniture
    Lighting
    Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Shuttle
    Valet
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January
    February
    March
    April
    November
    December

3 Wedding Deals & Discounts

  • Graduate Minneapolis 1
    September 2020 Extra Perk!

    Book your wedding in September by 3/31/2020 and receive a 4th perk!

    Ask our Wedding Specialist for additional details.

  • Graduate Minneapolis 2
    2020 Pick Your Perk

    Book your new 2020 Wedding by 3/31/2020 and choose 3 perks:

    -Waived Ceremony Fee

    -Upgrade One-Bedroom Suite to Presidential Suite

    -One-Bedroom Suite for 2 Nights (night before and night of wedding)

    -Suite upgrades at standard discounted block rate for parents

    -Valet parking for the wedding couple & parents

    -Additional tray-passed hors d' oeuvres

    -Late Night Snack (Cookies, Brownies, and Bars)

    -Late Night Coffee Service

    -1 Hour at our TopGolf Swing Suite for Wedding Party (day of event, limit of 8 guests)

    -Upgraded Post-Wedding Brunch (with purchase of Continental Breakfast)

  • Graduate Minneapolis 3
    Winter Wedding Special

    Book your wedding on a Saturday November-April and receive a complimentary upgrade from our Silver Package to Gold or choose to the Platinum Package and receive $10 off per person.

1 Event

  • Feb Thu

    Wedding Showcase

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    • When:
      Feb 27, 2020 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
    • Location:
      615 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, Minneapolis

    RSVP to our free Wedding Showcase here:

    http://evite.me/ndNDWTcbDJ

    See our ballrooms with sample wedding sets, hors d' oeuvres and beverages available and meet with some of our favorite vendors!

Professional Network & Endorsements

4 Endorsements

  • Bellagala Photography
    Bellagala Photography Wedding Photographers

    Commons Hotel are fantastic at what they do! They really appreciate and always work to reach everyone's needs. The team there were so helpful and really worked hard to make everything perfect!

  • Après Event Decor & Tent Rental
    Après Event Decor & Tent Rental Wedding Rentals

    We are always happy to work with Brenda Picasso at The Commons Hotel!

  • Midwest Sound DJ Entertainment
    Midwest Sound DJ Entertainment Wedding DJs

    The Commons Hotel is a fantastic place to have your reception. Beautiful Venue and Friendly Staff.

Map

  • 615 Washington Ave SE Minneapolis, MN, 55414 See on map
    612-326-6417 (Phone number)
    6123626667 (Other Phone Number)
    Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm